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Niranjan came to the attention of the legal directories at an unusually early stage (around three years call) and has rapidly developed a broad commercial practice. He has substantial appellate experience, having appeared on numerous occasions in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal in cases involving complex questions of law. He has also acted in high-value cases in the Commercial Court and the Chancery Division and in international arbitration, in addition to appearing as sole counsel in the High Court and various County Courts. Before coming to the Bar, Niranjan read and taught law at Oxford, where he was a Vinerian, Eldon and Rhodes Scholar.   

Niranjan is recommended in Chambers & Partners 2021 (Commercial Dispute Resolution) "Truly phenomenal, incredibly sharp and bright and someone who knows case law inside out - he's a legal dictionary." "He is an incredibly creative thinker who comes up with ingenious arguments that no one has thought of."; Legal 500 2020 (Commercial Litigation): " A huge brain and an asset to every team"; Legal 500 2020 (Banking & Finance)"He is extremely intelligent, user-friendly and responsive, and his written work is always first rate." Chambers & Partners 2020 (Commercial Dispute Resolution): "Incredibly nice, bright and incisive, he drafts concisely and gets to the nub of an issue."  "He can deal with the analysis of a complex issue in a short space of time, and he's really collaborative" and Chambers & Partners 2019 (Commercial Dispute Resolution): “his attention to detail is remarkable, and he’s extremely responsive and very easy to work with”. “Always willing to assist, he has great legal capability and offers practical advice.”  He has a particular interest in jurisdictional disputes and in misrepresentation, civil fraud and the law of damages, which were the subject of his doctoral thesis at Oxford. He also practised at the Indian Bar between 2011 and 2013 in the chambers of Mr Arvind Datar SC and is able to advise on matters of Indian (commercial) law.

Recent cases include:

Enka Insaat ve Sanayi AS v OOO “Insurance Company Chubb [2020] UKSC 38, [2020] 3 All ER 577 (CA): Acted for Enka in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal in what is now the leading case on the principles for ascertaining the proper law of arbitration agreements and the role of the court of the seat of arbitration in granting anti-suit injunctions.

BTI 2014 LLC plc v Sequana SA [2019] EWCA Civ 112: Acting for Sequana and the former directors of its subsidiary company in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. The case raises novel questions of company and insolvency law concerning the fiduciary duties of directors in relation to the payment of dividends and the scope of section 423 of the Insolvency Act.

Arcadia Petroleum Ltd v Bosworth: Acted for Arcadia in the Supreme Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union in a jurisdiction challenge arising out of a claim worth in excess of $300 million. The issues included the jurisdictional characterisation of conspiracy, knowing receipt, dishonest assistance and breach of fiduciary duty claims under the Brussels Regulation (Recast) and the Lugano Convention.

Goldman Sachs International v Novo Banco [2018] 1 WLR 3683: Acted for the claimants in the Supreme Court in a claim worth in excess of $600 million. The issues before the Supreme Court concerned the interpretation of the EU Directives relating to bank resolution and reorganisation and article 25 of the Brussels Regulation (Recast).

Tiuta International Ltd v De Villiers [2017] 1 WLR 4627: Acted for Tiuta in the Supreme Court in a case concerning the correct approach to the assessment of damages in claims against valuers where the loan that the lender is induced to make by the negligent valuation is used to refinance a pre-existing loan.

Société Générale v Goldas [2019] WLR 346: Acted for Société Générale in the Court of Appeal in a claim worth around $480 million. The issues before the Court of Appeal included the interpretation of CPR 6.15 and 6.16 and the law governing the enforcement of a cross-undertaking in damages.

Tesco shareholders litigation: Acted for Tesco in proceedings arising out of an overstatement of profits in 2014.